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Old 01-31-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday.

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Old 01-31-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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I would do the same if I was only making $8/hr doing that kind of work...
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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Remember the scene in "Sister Act", in which Whoopi Goldberg had to usher her flock of fully-uniformed nuns straight through the middle of the busy Nevada casino, without being noticed? She told them, "now remember sisters, BLEND IN !!"

Maybe these workers just got disenchanted, and made up their minds to just leave their jobs, and go out and "blend in" the the Alabama Nepalese community....
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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At the end of the day... I wonder if it all was worth it to the company. If one were to calculate total expenses to compensate the apartment owners, paperwork, plane tickets, living expenses in addition to hourly wages and taxes. Bet it works out to more than $8.00 per hour. Maybe $8p/h is too low and they could have avoided this risk by paying $16p/h and still come out ahead. Did they really exhaust all options before going this route?
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday.

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Instead of importing workers from Nepal why dont they take people off welfare and put them to work.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Great point regarding hiring those on welfare. That would be too easy a solution to picking lettuce and plucking chickens.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Some of the Nepalese didn't bother staying long enough to pick up their paychecks - they weren't there to work for a year and then go home (per their H-2B temporary worker visas).

Here's a local blog with more info:

Flashpoint » Blog Archive » Cinram upsets locals by hiring foreign workers (http://www.flashpointblog.com/2007/11/20/cinram-upsets-locals-by-hiring-foreign-workers/ - broken link)

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I wonder if it all was worth it to the company. If one were to calculate total expenses to compensate the apartment owners, paperwork, plane tickets, living expenses in addition to hourly wages and taxes.
The company didn't (directly) pay for their rent, paperwork, plane tickets, or living expenses. The immigrant workers paid $thousands of their own money to come here for the opportunity to earn $8 hour.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Some of the Nepalese didn't bother staying long enough to pick up their paychecks - they weren't there to work for a year and then go home (per their H-2B temporary worker visas).

Here's a local blog with more info:

Flashpoint » Blog Archive » Cinram upsets locals by hiring foreign workers (http://www.flashpointblog.com/2007/11/20/cinram-upsets-locals-by-hiring-foreign-workers/ - broken link)



The company didn't (directly) pay for their rent, paperwork, plane tickets, or living expenses. The immigrant workers paid $thousands of their own money to come here for the opportunity to earn $8 hour.
Interesting thanks. I read the summary and some of your posts. I have a feeling we will see more of these cases poping up around the country. I know it seems obvious to many of us but why would anyone pay to get a job?!? Anyway, not understanding the desperation of these workers I am sure they have their reasons.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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A citizen's take from Cinram bringing in low cost labor

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Cinram is a business. They make decisions based on dollars and cents. I seriously doubt that a company worth $2 billion went down the path they are on without doing a thorough cost analysis. Does anyone really think that Cinram executives sit around asking each other, “Hey Bill, what can we do to royally **** off Madison County residents today?” No! They do what is best for their company and their investors. Period.
Talk about head in the sand.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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Instead of importing workers from Nepal why dont they take people off welfare and put them to work.
Ummm...because Huntsville has an unemployment rate of less than 3%. You can't find enough workers now in Alabama.
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